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ELOY, Ariz. -

Were Pinal County Sheriff's deputies justified in shooting a suspect on the run?  They say he was armed, but no weapon was ever found.

Now the FBI is looking into the incident and they'll be scrutinizing two separate videos of the incident.

This happened last month in Eloy.  The suspect was being pursued by police and PCSO deputies.

They say during the chase, Manuel Orosco Longoria yelled out that he had a gun and made hand motions that he had a weapon.

Now we want to warn you about the video -- it's cell phone video taken as the suspect got out of the car and police encountered him.

We froze the video, but the man goes down after being hit by bullets.  He's then surrounded by officers and deputies.

Longoria later died.  Again, no weapon was found.

On Tuesday, PCSO deputies released a video of their own.  It's dash cam video taken from an Eloy Police Department's patrol car during the chase.  It shows the suspect driving erratically through alleys and putting lives at risk.  And it eventually shows the deadly conclusion. 

The EPD's dash cam video captured the 70 minutes leading up to the shooting death of Longoria.

The story gained national attention when a bystander shot video of the incident on a cell phone, as officers tried to use bean bags and Tasers to get Longoria to give up.  The video then seems to show an unarmed Longoria being shot by a PCSO deputy as he raised his hands with his back towards them.

PCSO says the dash cam shows a different story.

"He instantly starts to reach into the vehicle, pulls his hands out, simulating like he has a gun and then quickly turns around and jerks his hands up in the air," said PCSO's Tim Gaffney.

The dash cam video shows an erratic pursuit throughout Eloy on January 14th, with Longoria swerving toward police cars several times.  It all came to an end during a brief standoff in a neighborhood.

"When one of the deputies saw him reach into the vehicle, he thought he was going for the gun at which point he raised his patrol rifle, put the front sight on him and pulled the trigger -- and it was basically within a second of when Longoria raised his hands," said Gaffney.

The department believes the video shows the shooting was justified.

"There is nothing to hide in this case," said Gaffney.

PCSO has forwarded the investigation into this shooting to the county attorney's office.  The FBI has also confirmed it will also be investigating this shooting.

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